Have you bought a Ledger Nano S or Ledger Nano X hardware wallet some time ago and you’re not sure if you’ve written down the correct 24-word recovery seed? In this guide, we will guide you step-by-step on how to check/verify if you’ve written down the correct recovery seed of your Ledger hardware wallet.

What you’re going to need:

Step 1: Plugin your Ledger Nano S/X and open Ledger Live

Step 2: Head over to the ‘Manager’ menu, then lookup and install the “Recovery Check” app

If your device doesn’t have enough memory, just temporarily uninstall an app or two for you to have enough memory for the Recovery Check app.

NOTE: Uninstalling an app isn’t going to lose you access to your coins.You can simply uninstall Recovery Check and reinstall your coins apps to regain back access to your coins after you’re finished with this guide.

Step 3: Grab your Ledger wallet and open the Recovery Check app, then select “Start check”

You will then be presented with a screen that says “Enter your recovery phrase”, then “Select the number of words to restore”.

Step 4: Select the number of words of your backed up recovery seed

If you generated your recovery seed using the Ledger wallet, then your choice should be 24.

Step 5: Enter your recovery seed onto the Ledger

Now it’s time for you to take your time and enter your 24-word recovery seed onto the device. Thankfully Ledger has a system whereas you wouldn’t need to enter all the letters of the words manually; whereas you would only need to be inputting around 3 letters, then the screen displays a set of words that one of them is potentially the word your looking for. This significantly decreases the time you will be spending.

Step 6: Success!

If the 24-word seed you’ve entered matches with your current wallet’s recovery seed, then your Ledger wallet should display a success message: “Recovery phrase matches“. You can now uninstall the Recovery Check app and reinstall the apps of the coins you’re using.

If the recovery seed you’ve entered didn’t match, do it once more. You might just wrongly entered a word or two. If your seed still didn’t match on your second or third try, you most likely had a mistake when you were writing down your recovery seed. If so, we suggest reading How To Do A Proper Hardware Wallet Backup


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9 Responses

  1. Arte says:

    THANK YOU!!!! I ve been rly overthinkin lately about my seed phrase not knowing how to recheck it !!! You saved my life!!! THANK YOU!!!

  2. Brian says:

    I wrote down my secret recovery phrase two times. I verified them against each other twice. Both hidden in two different locations locked up with keys. I have already restored this wallet maybe 2 or 3 times. 1. Forgot pin number and 2. on a new device. It worked seamlessly those times!

    Now after a year I try logging in to my Ledger and my pin doesn’t work at all which locked it up (reset it). Then I attempt restoring the ledger with my recovery phrase and that is no longer valid! WTF….. I know the phrase is correct and I even verified them with the copy I had stored away. Nothing was entered incorrectly and I was not able to restore my wallets even after 3 attempts!

    This is absolutely not acceptable and down right criminal!

    I even tried updating the firmware and attempting another recovery which was not successful!

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